Putting those videos up was an exercise in perception for all of you.
George J at 9:04 last night made the winning comment. He wins…the adulation of 100’s. Now if all you ducks who read this blog weren’t being so selfish and not telling your friends about me…George would be wining the adulation of tens of thousands. I know beating your friends at golf for $2 Nassaus is great, but being charitable is good Karma.
Anyway, I have seen one of these guys a lot and the other a few times. I am not going to break down their swings because I am sure they are good guys just trying to get better.
I took the videos with my cell phone and didn’t care about the angles.
Here is what I cared about. I wanted all of you to see how you perceive golf swings.
If in your comments you tended to be critical of these swings on posture, turn and contact, you are headed in the right direction.
If you were enamored with the aesthetics, especially if you thought the rhythm in swing #2 was good…you need to change your perception of what a good golf swing is. The “scratch finish” confuses more people into thinking a golf swing is good than any other component.
IMO, neither of these swings are very sound fundamentally and they are contrived to “look good.” Obviously neither of these guys are terrible golfers, but their swings are more tailored to be pretty than to deliver a constant, accelerated strike to the ball. That is what modern golf instruction is all about. Can you contrive a swing to look good and/or hit the right positions/motions.
There used to be an employee at PGA West when I was a member there. He would lift the club with his arms to the top, pause and drop his arms on the ball with literally no lower body rotation. The momentum of the club…again literally…stopped a foot or two past the ball and he would very stylishly and slowly pull the club up into the perfect reverse C finish. All of the members would rant and rave about how pretty his swing was. He couldn’t break 80 on his best day and often not 90. I tried to tell him, but he would say, “my swing is pure, everyone says so and I saw you hit two OB off the 6th tee the other day.” Nice logic. It didn’t dawn on him that he hit none OB on that hole, I shot under par in spite of the OB’s and he probably put the double snowman on the board.
In the mid 90’s I polled as many mid-high handicappers as I could on who they thought had the best swing on the PGA Tour. I further said they were to judge purely on the fundamentals. The consensus was Fred Couples…who did have the prettiest swing, but has several fundamental flaws.
Aesthetics get way too much play in judging the excellence of a golf swing. They should get zero play. Jim Furyk, Dustin Johnson, Miguel Angel Jiminez have heinous looking golf swings. If they were not famous golfers, they would be rated a distant third, forth and fifth to the swings I posted yesterday just because of aesthetics.
So with these thoughts in mind, go watch the videos again. This is not an exercise in me saying these guys are chops with pretty swings, it is an exercise in understanding what is important for each one of you to improve your swings.
There is too much effort in trying to make swings perfect and pretty. The onus should be on making them more efficient and that isn’t always pretty.